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HCM City (VNA) - Thanks to technical assistance from surgeons at HCM City’s Thu Duc District Hospital, doctors at District 11 Hospital were able to perform, for the first time, operations on a broken leg and hernia.

The surgeries involved three patients, two with a broken leg, and another with a hernia.

One of the patients has returned to work, and the others are recovering at the hospital, according to Dr Doan Van Loc, head of the hospital’s surgery ward.

In the past, these cases were transferred to city-level hospitals such as People’s Hospital No.115, Trung Vuong Hospital and Hospital for Trauma and Orthopaedic.

“It was difficult for us to perform the surgery,” Loc said, but added that they “now have confidence about their skills”.

The guidance from doctors from Thu Duc District Hospital began earlier this month.

“The doctors were enthusiastic and ready to provide assistance for us at any time,” Loc said.

Dr Tang Chi Thuong, Deputy head of the city’s Department of Health, told the press that training and cooperation between hospitals was one of 10 solutions being carried out for patient overload.

When the capacity of district hospitals’ doctors improves, local residents begin to show trust in the doctors, leading to an increase in patients.

A report from the department shows that the number of outpatients at district hospitals rose last year to 26 percent from 2 percent in 2014.

They also saw an increase in inpatients, to 19 percent last year from 5 percent in 2014.-VNA